The NBA D-League’s Grand Rapids Drive, an affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, has named Rex Walters as their new head coach.
“Rex Walters brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience and has a passion for developing young players,” Pistons head coach and VP of Operations Stan Van Gundy said via a statement. “He’s spent some time with us here and already has a good understanding of how we operate.”
Walters had been the head men’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco for the last eight years, leading the team to two 20-win seasons and two postseason appearances over that span.
He was the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2013-14, the first USF coach to capture the honor since Pete Barry back in 1980-81.
Overall, Walters had a 126-125 record at San Francisco.
A college star at Kansas, the 6-4 Walters averaged 15.3 points as a senior, leading the Jayhawks to a 27-5 record and the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.
Prior to coming to Kansas, Walters played two seasons at Northwestern, where he led the team in scoring (17.6 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (.473), and assists (125) before transferring to the Jayhawks.
The 16th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Nets, Walters averaged 4.6 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons with the Nets, Sixers, and Heat.
With the D-League’s Drive, Walters will be taking over a team which finished 21-29 this season and featured leading scorer Devin Ebanks (West Virginia), who averaged 21.9 point a game.
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